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NOUN (2)

1. entry to another's property without right or permission;
[syn: trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion, usurpation]

2. wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority);
- Example: "a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Usurpation \U`sur*pa"tion\, n. [L. usurpatio ? making use, usurpation: cf. F. usurpation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of usurping, or of seizing and enjoying; an authorized, arbitrary assumption and exercise of power, especially an infringing on the rights of others; specifically, the illegal seizure of sovereign power; -- commonly used with of, also used with on or upon; as, the usurpation of a throne; the usurpation of the supreme power. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] He contrived their destruction, with the usurpation of the regal dignity upon him. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] A law [of a State] which is a usurpation upon the general government. --O. Ellsworth. [1913 Webster] Manifest usurpation on the rights of other States. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster] Note: Usurpation, in a peculiar sense, formerly denoted the absolute ouster and dispossession of the patron of a church, by a stranger presenting a clerk to a vacant benefice, who us thereupon admitted and instituted. [1913 Webster] 2. Use; usage; custom. [Obs.] --Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

usurpation n 1: entry to another's property without right or permission [syn: trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion, usurpation] 2: wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority); "a succession of generals who ruled by usurpation"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "usurpation": accession, adoption, anointing, anointment, appointment, appropriation, arrogation, assignment, assumption, authorization, colonization, conquest, consecration, coronation, delegation, deputation, election, empowerment, encroachment, enslavement, incursion, indent, infraction, infringement, inroad, intrusion, invasion, legitimate succession, occupation, overstepping, playing God, preemption, preoccupation, prepossession, requisition, seizure, subjugation, succession, takeover, taking over, transgression, trespass, trespassing
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

USURPATION, torts. The unlawful assumption of the use of property which belongs to another; an interruption or the disturbing a man in his right and possession. Toml. Law Dict. h.t. 2. According to Lord Coke, there are two kinds of usurpation. 1. When a stranger, without right, presents to a church, and his clerk is admitted; and, 2. When a subject uses a franchise of the king without lawful authority. Co. Litt. 277 b.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

USURPATION, government. The tyrannical assumption of the government by force contrary to and in violation of the constitution of the country.